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From School Library Journal

Gr 5–7—Gratz presents three interrelated stories about surviving. The tales center on children and their families who are driven from their homes by war, violence, and unrest. Josef must leave Nazi-controlled Germany with his mother, his sister, and his mentally broken father (just returned to them from Auschwitz). He sails across the Atlantic Ocean on the ill-fated St. Louis only to be turned away from Cuba and returned to Europe. Isabel and her family live in Cuba and escape on a makeshift raft during the exodus in the 1990s. They flee the repression and poverty of Fidel Castro’s rule. Mahmoud, a Syrian boy, and his family seek refuge from the ongoing war and violence in their home city of Aleppo. They board a dinghy in order to cross the Aegean sea from Turkey to Greece. All the entries share elements of hardship, fear, and trauma and stress the power of love, family, and incredible sacrifice. Gratz, who is known for well-written and well-researched historical fiction, doesn’t disappoint. His latest is timely and moving. VERDICT This compelling novel will help young people make sense of today’s refugee crisis. Meant to be read, discussed, and shared widely. A first purchase.—Patricia Feriano, Montgomery County Public Schools, MD

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Praise for Refugee:* “Gratz accomplishes a feat that is nothing short of brilliant, offering a skillfully wrought narrative laced with global and intergenerational reverberations that signal hope for the future. . . . Poignant, respectful, and historically accurate while pulsating with emotional turmoil, adventure, and suspense.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review* “[A] hard-hitting novel. . . . Filled with both tragic loss and ample evidence of resilience, these memorable and tightly plotted stories contextualize and give voice to current refugee crises, underscoring that these journeys are born out of a desperate need for security and safety.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review”Gratz, who is known for well-written and well-researched historical fiction, doesn’t disappoint. His latest is timely and moving. . . . This compelling novel will help young people make sense of today’s refugee crisis. Meant to be read, discussed, and shared widely.” — School Library Journal“Some novels are engaging and some novels are important. Refugee is both.” — #1 New York Times bestselling author Ruta Sepetys”This heart-stopping novel is not only compelling — it is necessary.” — Judy Blundell, National Book Award winning author of What I Saw and How I Lied“An incredibly important, heartrending, edge-of-the-seat read, bringing light to the plight of immigrants who search for safety and freedom.” — Pam Muñoz Ryan, author of the New York Times bestseller and Newbery Honor Book Echo“With urgent, clear-eyed storytelling, Gratz’s Refugee compellingly explores the desperation and strength that unites those struggling for a place to call home.” — Eliot Schrefer, New York Times bestselling author and two-time National Book Award finalist of Rescued and Endangered“Full of struggle, heroism, and non-stop adventure, Refugee is not only an important book, it’s a terrific story.” — Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, author of the New York Times bestseller and Newbery Honor Book The War That Saved My Life“Powerful and compelling. Refugee is a story about what unites us all.” — Christina Diaz Gonzalez, award-winning author of Moving TargetPraise for Projekt 1065:* “While the book is replete with fascinating historical insight, Gratz has also crafted a suspenseful mystery that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. With short, action-packed chapters, it is a great choice for reluctant readers as well… A winning combination of action, suspense, and historical setting.” — School Library Journal, starred review* “A rare insider’s glimpse into the Hitler Youth: animated, well-researched, and thought-provoking.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review”[A] high-action spy thriller.” — BooklistPraise for Prisoner B-3087:A Junior Library Guild SelectionGolden Sower Award, 2014-2015 Winner NebraskaIsinglass Teen Read Award, 2014-2015 Winner New HampshirePennsylvania Young Readers’ Choice Award, 2014-2015 Winner PennsylvaniaJunior Book Award, 2015-2016 Winner South CarolinaGrand Canyon Reader Award, 2015-2016 Winner ArizonaTruman Readers Award, 2015-2016 Winner MissouriReaders Choice Awards, Winner 2015-2016 Virginia Volunteer State Book Award Winner, 2015-2016 Tennessee”A powerful story, well told.” — School Library Journal“A bone-chilling tale not to be ignored.” — Kirkus Reviews“[A] remarkable survival story.” — Booklist“Gratz ably conveys . . . fatalism, yearning, and determination in the face of the unimaginable.” — Publishers Weekly“Heartbreaking, gripping, raw, and emotional . . . storytelling at its finest.” — VOYAPraise for Code of Honor:“Readers will be swept up by both the intrigue and the rapid pacing… Kamran is a smart and sympathetic narrator, and readers will be happy to spend time with him in this action-packed thriller.” — Kirkus Reviews“Exciting, at times ripped from the headlines, and scary, this cinematic work has layers of intrigue and danger in each scene… will appeal to a variety of readers and will raise questions about patriotism, loyalty, and trust… A winner.” — School Library Journal“Vivid characters and timely topics, such as posttraumatic stress disorder, contribute to making Code of Honor a first-rate novel.” — VOYA

About the Author

Alan Gratz is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of several highly acclaimed books for young readers, including Ground Zero, Allies, Grenade,Refugee, Projekt 1065, Prisoner B-3087, and Code of Honor. Alan lives in North Carolina with his wife and daughter. Look for him online at alangratz.com.

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Pak! A pistol rang out again over the waves, and the crowd on the beach cried out in panic. The pistol fired again — pak! — and — ping! — the hull of the Castillos’ boat rang as the bullet hit it.The police were shooting at them! But why? Didn’t Castro say it was all right to leave?Isabel’s eyes fell on Luis and his girlfriend, and she understood. They had been drafted into the police, and they weren’t allowed to leave. They were deserters, and deserters were shot.The motor coughed to life, and the boat lurched into a wave, spraying Isabel with seawater. The villagers on the beach cheered for them, and Sr. Castillo revved the engine, leaving the charging policemen in their wake.Isabel braced herself between two of the benches, trying to catch her breath. It took her a moment to process it, but this was really happening. They were leaving Cuba, her village, her home — everything she’d ever known — behind.Isabel’s father pitched across the roiling boat and grabbed Sr. Castillo by the shirt. “What are you playing at, letting them on board?” he demanded. “What if they follow us? What if they send a navy boat after us? You’ve put us all in danger!”Sr. Castillo batted Geraldo Fernandez’s arms away. “We didn’t ask you to come along!””It’s our gasoline!” Isabel’s father yelled.They kept arguing, but the engine and the slap of the boat against the waves drowned their words out for Isabel. She wasn’t paying any attention anyway. All she could think about was the ninety miles they still had to go, and the water pouring in from the gunshot hole in the side of the boat.

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Specification: Refugee

ASIN

0545880831

Publisher

Scholastic Press July 25 2017

Language

English

Hardcover

352 pages

ISBN-10

9780545880831

ISBN-13

978-0545880831

Reading age

9 – 12 years

Lexile measure

800L

Grade level

4 – 7

Item Weight

15.2 ounces

Dimensions

5.8 x 1.2 x 8.3 inches

Dimensions
Weight 15.2 lbs

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